[Updates continue, in the comment thread.]
Now this would be really interesting, if it led anywhere:
Incensed opposition parties are threatening to topple Stephen Harper’s Conservative minority and have begun informally exploring the idea of cobbling together a governing coalition.
The Liberals are taking the prospect so seriously that some MPs are privately discussing ways to dump Leader Stéphane Dion without waiting for their party’s scheduled May 2 leadership vote.*
Sources say NDP Leader Jack Layton has cancelled a trip Friday to Vancouver to take part in the opposition talks, which went on through much of Thursday.
The machinations followed the release of the fall fiscal update.
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty tables the government’s fiscal update in the House of Commons on Thursday, Nov. 27.
The Liberals, NDP and Bloc Québécois said they can’t support the plan because it offers no stimulus package to deal with the economic crisis.
It also contains a poison pill – a vow to scrap public subsidies for political parties that would financially cripple every party except the Tories.
[continue at original source, The Globe and Mail]
I will be surprised if it leads anywhere (other than simply to negotiations over the content of the fiscal plan). But definitely interested.
Finally, some constitutional matters of interest:
Traditionally, the governor general is bound to take the advice of a prime minister to call an election when a government is defeated. But historian Michael Behiels said Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean wouldn’t have much choice but to give a coalition a chance given that the last election was just over a month ago.
* Elsewhere in the news story, it is noted that neither the Bloc Quebecois nor the NDP would participate in any coalition with the Liberals if it meant Dion would be PM.
Thanks to Tom R. for the tip